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Local Government

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what reason she changed the supported borrowing regime for local authorities; and what assessment she has made of the effect of the changes made on the capital expenditure of local authorities; (96357)

(2) what assessment she has made of the effect of the changes to the supported borrowing regime on (a) the construction industry and (b) school construction in (i) Gloucestershire and (ii) England.

The supported borrowing regime has not changed. Government support for borrowing continues to be issued as part of formula grant, which comprises Revenue support grant and redistributed business rates.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library all submissions sent to her Department in the last year from individuals and organisations in Gloucestershire on local government reorganisation. (96435)

We have received five written representations from the Gloucestershire county area about local government reform; we will send redacted copies to the hon. Member.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions the local government ombudsman concluded that local councils were found to have been guilty of (a) maladministration and (b) administrative fault in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what (i) definition and (ii) processes apply to each type of finding. (93281)

The information requested on the number of findings of maladministration by the ombudsman in 2005-06 and on the meaning and process which applies to such a finding, is available in the Ombudsman's Annual Report 2005-06 at www.lgo.org.uk/annual.htm. Copies of the annual report will be placed in the Library of the House.

The Local Government Act 1974, under the terms of which the ombudsman operates, does not make provision for the ombudsman to make a specific finding of “administrative fault”.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities are in dispute with the District Auditor over their Minimum Revenue Provision; and what sums are involved in each case. (95555)